Easy Pad Thai

Howdy ya’ll. And happy Hump Day! If you haven’t seen the Geico Hump Day Camel commercial, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBhP0EQ1lA

Ahhh, so cute! Brings me back to last winter, when I was in Lanzorate visiting my dad. And making friends with camels: http://eatcleanwithkate.com/eating-adventures-abroad-lanzarote-spain/

Alright, moving off the camel subject…

We survived the coldest time of the year! (Or at least I hope that’s the coldest it will get!) Here in MN, we had not one, but two school days off due to the cold. That’s like, unheard of. I would say I’m not complaining, but we’ll be making one of those days up. You see, you can’t have two snow days and get away with it! :)

The weather finally warmed up a bit last weekend. We met out with some friends for dinner Friday night, and caught a band with some other friends Saturday night. And Sunday? Sunday I taught my first Healing through Food workshop at Yoga Sol, the donation-based yoga studio I teach at in NE Mpls. It was nerve wracking (yet super exciting!). If you live in the Minneapolis area, check it out! www.yoga-sol.com

And after consuming red meat 3 nights in a row last week/weekend (beef short ribs, tacos, and skirt steak – oh my!), I’ve been on a vegetarian kick so far this week. Eggplant Lasagna Monday night, and Pad Thai last night.

Mmm…Pad Thai, one of my favorite dishes. Here’s why Pad Thai ranks up there for me:

1) I love rice noodles. Loooove rice noodles.

2) You get to add your own toppings. Kind of like “create your own pizza”, but “create your own pad thai”.

3) It’s an easy vegetarian (not to mention gluten-free!) dish.

4) Did I mention I love rice noodles?

I have made Pad Thai many a times in the past. And although I love the dish itself, the “Pad Thai” sauce is one of my least favorite things to make. This time however, I kept it simple (i.e. no Tamarind nightmares – not that I’m totally against the stuff). And it worked.

Here’s my easy, no fuss, Pad Thai recipe.

Pad Thai

Ingredients:

8 oz. rice noodles, cooked according to directions (al dente) and drained

2 eggs, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 TBSP peanut oil

1 lime (for juice) + 1 lime (for garnish)

1/3 cup fish sauce

3 TBSP sugar (palm sugar recommended)

splash rice wine vinegar

Sriracha hot sauce, to taste

4 green onions, sliced thinly

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/2 cup peanuts, crushed or chopped

Directions:

1) While noodles are cooking/soaking (depending on directions), combine fish sauce, sugar, hot sauce, rice vinegar, and lime juice in bowl. Whisk until sugar dissolves.

2) In large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat, sauté garlic in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3) Pour in eggs. Using rubber spatula, stir until scrambled.

4) Add in noodles. Pour sauce over slowly, tossing to coat noodles.

5) Add half of green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Toss to combine.

6) Serve with remaining cilantro, green onions, peanuts, and lime wedges.

7) Enjoy!

NOTE: You can adjust the combination of fish sauce and sugar to your taste preference (salty vs. sweet). I always suggest you taste as you go and add/subtract as necessary!

pad_thai Sooo delicious.

Easy Pad Thai
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Serves: 2-4
 
An easy, no-fuss Pad Thai. Gluten-free and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. rice noodles, cooked according to directions (al dente) and drained
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP peanut oil
  • 1 lime (for juice) + 1 lime (for garnish)
  • ⅓ cup fish sauce
  • 3 TBSP sugar (palm sugar recommended)
  • splash rice wine vinegar
  • Sriracha hot sauce, to taste
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup peanuts, crushed or chopped
Instructions
  1. While noodles are cooking/soaking (depending on directions), combine fish sauce, sugar, hot sauce, rice vinegar, and lime juice in bowl. Whisk until sugar dissolves.
  2. In large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat, sauté garlic in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour in eggs. Using rubber spatula, stir until scrambled.
  4. Add in noodles. Pour sauce over slowly, tossing to coat noodles.
  5. Add half of green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Toss to combine.
  6. Serve with cilantro, green onions, peanuts, and lime wedges.

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